Easy Homemade Mouthwash

Homemade Mouthwash is Easy and Cheap to Make.
Homemade Mouthwash is Easy and Cheap to Make. | Source

Mouthwash

Mouthwash is one of the products along with toothpaste and floss that should be used at least twice daily to maintain good oral hygiene.

Many assume that brushing our teeth twice daily is enough to ward off the germs and bad breath but mouthwash is essential and has an important part to play in maintaining clean and healthy gums, teeth, and breathe.

Quite often it is the one of the three dental products to be omitted off the shopping list when tightening the belts is needed.

Is it an essential, do we really need it at these prices?

They don’t come cheap; certainly the big brands such as Listerine, Corsodyl or Plax can cost a pretty penny or two.

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providing a mouthwash for guests is more cost effective when made yourself.
providing a mouthwash for guests is more cost effective when made yourself. | Source

Benefits of Mouthwash

  • Freshens Breathe
  • Fights Against Cavities
  • Kills Germs in Hard to Reach Places
  • Loosens Food Particles Trapped Between the Teeth
  • Helps prevent Tooth Decay
  • Fights and Prevents Gum Disease
  • Easy to Use
  • Improves Teeth Discoloration
  • Helps Remove Plaque and Tartar Build Up

Peppermint Mouthwash

quick and easy non toxic peppermint mouthwash.check out the video easy homemade mouthwash to see how!
quick and easy non toxic peppermint mouthwash.check out the video easy homemade mouthwash to see how! | Source

Making Your Own Makes Sense

Making homemade mouthwash may sound strange and difficult but it is really cheap, quick, easy and tons better for your gums, teeth and breathe.

The benefits far outweigh any of the commercial products which often contain harsh ingredients, so let’s take a look at what these benefits are:

Benefits of Homemade Mouthwash

You are in Total Control – You have carte blanche on exactly what you are putting into your mouth. You decide on the ingredients and quality to suite you.

No Hidden Chemicals – In regular commercial mouthwashes and mouth rinses there are often hidden nasties lurking behind those unpronounceable names. Preservatives, dyes, artificial sweeteners and dangerous chemicals may be there in numbers so avoid all that by choosing the easy homemade options.

Cost Friendly – You will make mouthwash at a fraction of the cost and still retain the excellent benefits of a commercial brand.

Apple Cider Makes Great Mouthwash

not only do apples benefit your health but your oral hygiene too.
not only do apples benefit your health but your oral hygiene too. | Source

Salt

salt is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic ingredient in mouthwash.
salt is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic ingredient in mouthwash. | Source

Quick & Easy Mouthwash Recipes ~

Here is a selection of different mouthwashes to get the gargling juices flowing!

Peppermint Twist Mouthwash

Mix in a bowl 1 cup of distilled water, 1 tsp aloe vera gel (ingestible), 1 tsp vegetable glycerine and 6 drops of peppermint essential oil. Transfer to a clean sterilized jar with a tight fitting lid. Use within a few days. Peppermint oil is excellent in eradicating odor causing bacteria and freshens breath. Aloe gel helps soothe gums.

Apple Cider Mouthwash

Mix together 1 cup distilled water and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar in a clean sterilized glass jar. Screw on lid and store indefinitely although if you are using regularly this quantity will not last long. If you fancy a cool mouthwash, store in the fridge. Shake well prior to using. Use like regular mouthwash, give it a swirl in the mouth and spit out, do not swallow.

Warm Water & Salt Mouthwash

This is a favorite of dentists to recommend, after certain procedures including root canals and extractions. Take a coffee cup, fill halfway with boiled water and fill to the top of the cup with cold water. Add 2 tsp salt and give it a stir. Use the entire cup by gargling for 10 seconds and spitting out. Do not keep this one but use as needed. This is a great mouthwash for helping to keep gums strong and healthy. Salt has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Natural Minty Mouthwash

Mix the following ingredients together and store in a recycled container or glass jar with tight fitting lid. It will make approximately 14 oz and you may store it for up to two weeks in a cool dark cupboard. 1 cup aloe vera juice, ½ cup distilled or filtered water, 1 tbsp witch hazel, 2 tsp baking soda and 20 drops peppermint essential oil.

Tip:

Witch hazel contains ethyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) so if you prefer to not use commercial brands with it, use natural witch hazel distillate.

Easy Homemade Mouthwash Recipe with Peppermint, Witch Hazel, Distilled Water, Baking Soda & Aloe Vera

All Natural Mouthwash with Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Sounds easy and good. What a great idea. Peppermint is great..Thanks for the great recipes that you always provide. Voting up and pinning.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi my good friend Carol,

So good to see you I have been thinking of new ideas and this was one I felt was something missing in my collection. Glad you enjoyed, it always means a great deal, as you know. Thanks very much for your continued support, encouragement and faith. Cheers for voting and pinning my friend :-)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I talk all the time about people finding their niche in writing and you, my friend, have found yours. You are a living example of how to get ahead in this writing business. I am certain that over time you will receive many views and see your earnings rise. You are doing great, Suzie! Keep it up.


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bridalletter 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Now that is awesome! Never thought of making my own. I have the perfect little bottles to keep it in. I love the idea and cannot wait to try it out. Nice cost effective hygiene product!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Bill,

Many thanks my friend for those lovely words which mean a great deal, believe me. I am certainly enjoying this subject and if i can impart some good information to people I am a happy person! Cheers again Bill!!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi bridalletter,

So good to have you stop by and glad you found it so interesting. Hope you have fun trying these out and they tick all the boxes for sure!


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CozyPozy 3 years ago from USA

These recipes are really handy to have. Thanks!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Cozy Pozy,

Many thanks, welcome to HP! Glad you enjoyed this and hopefully may use sometime.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Another useful and interesting hub Suzie. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and ideas with us.

Votes up and sharing! I am sure many will benefit!


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Suzie. I've actually used one of these, the warm water and salt mouthwash. When I was a kid my mother would have us gargle with this when we would get a sore throat. I never knew that it could also be used as a mouth wash. Great hub Suzie. You really had a great niche going here so keep pumping them out. Voted up, shared, etc...


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. I love your tips and I can't wait to make it soon. Suzie, you have done a great job by sharing this hub with us. Voted up and God bless you :-)

Prasetio


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

Another great one! Without fail, you produce quality, interesting, informative and thoroughly researched and original hubs. Always happy to share and am sharing this one.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Another awesome hub, Suzie. I like your articles and I´m learning a lot from you. I have been gargling water with salt as a mouthwash but only when I have sore throat and colds. I did not know that I can even use this without having sick. Thanks for the info. Voted this up and pinned.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi livingsta,

So glad you stopped by here and found interesting. It is ultra easy to rustle up a DIY mouthwash so do give one a try! many thanks for your votes and sharing much appreciated!!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Bill,

So good to see you my friend. It was my dentist to said to use as a mouthwash and no need for the commercial stuff. Then I saw another dentist about a second opinion on a procedure who mentioned using Cordosyl so the difference got me thinking. Both dentists were different age groups too. the younger recommending the branded variety which is expensive here. i would use the salt and water maybe not twice a day but a few times a week. It is a good one to try to get kids to use particularly if they eat a lot of sugar in candy, fruit etc. . .they develop soft teeth and gums and I have seen my very young niece with soft teeth even though she does not eat huge amounts of sugary things. It helps keep everything strong by using it weekly, in my opinion. Cheers Bill, thanks so much for all your comments, votes and sharing :-)


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Prasetio,

Lovely to see you drop in here. Hope you enjoy trying some out! Appreciate the thumbs up here and interest my friend!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Crystal,

You are so kind with your commenting, I do appreciate it greatly. Nice to know you find it interesting and I am humbled by the compliments. Hope you get to try out sometime, cheers so much for the votes and shares!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Thelma,

Well i learn a great deal from you my friend be in no doubt, but thank you that is so nice of you to say! The salt and warm water i would use weekly more than daily unless you have a mouth infection or a recent procedure done in the mouth. Ones with peppermint are great for everyday, i really liked the video recipe with the two ladies. Thanks Thelma for votes and pin :-)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

What a great hub, Suzi! I just love your homemade "green" recipes. Keep 'em coming!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi bravewarrior,

Thanks very much for checking this out, was trying to do something new for the collection! Appreciate that you are enjoying these!!


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younghopes 3 years ago from India

this sounds too good, i have never tried any of these to be true. but now perhaps would love to give it a try, nice hub


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi younghopes,

Many thanks for dropping in, Hope you get to give these a try as they are super easy to make. Appreciate you stopping and commenting here!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

How neat that you can make your own mouthwash! I never would have thought of that. I love the idea of customizing the flavors.


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tlpoague 3 years ago from USA

Great and useful hub! I have often used the salt and water wash. It was very helpful when fighting a sore throat. I will have to try out the mint ones. I am always on the lookout for other alternatives than commercial named products. Thanks for sharing these simple recipes.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Rose,

Many thanks for checking this out. Easy Quick and Cheap . . . what's not to love eh?!! Thanks so much, have fun experimenting!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi tipoague,

Many thanks for your email and comments! So glad you enjoyed this and do try the other varieties. There are many different ones out there depending on your likes. Appreciate your interest!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Hi Suzie,

This is very interesting and since I'm all for natural products I'll be giving this a try. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

I never knew we could make mouth washes right at home! Great hub, useful and informative. Voted up.


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prettynutjob30 3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

Great hub, voted up and shared. I will have to give your natural mouthwash recipe a try, I love anything I can make myself.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Suzie, this is a great hub. I'm all for natural products. This is one I will have to try out, and pass along to my family. Thank you for sharing!


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emilybee 3 years ago

Wow this is totally awesome. I go through a lot of mouthwash and it's expensive, and has a lot of chemicals in it. Will be trying to make my own soon. Thanks!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Rajan,

So good to know you enjoyed this and will be giving it a try! Many thanks for your votes and for shares, always much appreciated from you!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Vellur,

Great to have you visit as always. Mouthwash is easy so hope you have fun giving it a go! Cheers for the votes my friend!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi prettynutjob,

Welcome from the land of chocolate chips, love it. Thanks so much for your visit here. It is great to give new things a go at home so hope you enjoy this trying this one!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Careermommy,

Have fun checking these out, peppermint is so refreshing and they are easy peasy to rustle up. Glad you enjoyed and thanks very much for commenting!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi emilybee,

Mouthwash is expensive for sure so these few recipes will certainly cut the cost down and the chemical content. Thanks so much, appreciate your interest :-)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I didn't realize this could be made. I will definitely try this sometime. I like that you provided so many options!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow! I never thought about making homemade mouthwash! I am all for anything to save money, and chemical-free is always comforting.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I may try this. I've been thinking about making homemade toothpaste, too. The apple cider one looks easy. Tell me why the recipes call for distilled water? Is regular tap water not good to use? Thanks! Many votes, including up!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm going to try the salt water rinse. Question. Why is it necessary to boil the water? Especially if I'm using distilled.

These are excellent and healthy alternatives to store-bought mouth rinses. Thanks and voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Victoria Lynn,

Thanks for stopping by! Tap water is not recommended as it contains chlorine, mercury, nitrates and may contain carcinogens. Distilled, filtered or even mineral water is preferable to use but of course it is your choice. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the question! Appreciate your votes!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Kathryn,

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have fun trying one of the recipes out!


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Nicole Winter 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

This looks like something right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, I definitely would like to give the apple cider mouthwash a try, apples are so beneficial to your oral health.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Rebecca,

Many thanks for dropping by. Mouthwash is a great money saver so hope you do try it sometime.Appreciate your interest!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi vocalcoach,

Thanks for dropping in. The warm water was recommended to me by 2 dentists to use with salt. Used for helping ward off any infections and heal any new procedures. I find the water being warm is easier on the mouth if you have sensitivity issues. Hope this helps, try it with distilled at room temperature as an alternative by all means. many thanks for your comments and votes and share!!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Nicola,

Many thanks for your comments and interest here. Apple cider is such a useful ingredient as it is great for the skin too and may be used in different ways like a skin tonic or toner. Enjoy the recipe!!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you Suzie. So nice of you to answer my question. Makes perfect sense :)


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi vocalcoach,

Many thanks for Q glad it was answered okay! Appreciate your interest!


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

This is another great hub. I love natural products and I learn a lot from you . I have often used the Warm Water & Salt Mouthwash after dental treatments.


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BeingPuneet 3 years ago

thanks for sharing... i have always avoided using mouthwashes because i read they are agents for oral cancer... I'll surely try it.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Janet,

So good to know you are finding these informative and useful. I too find the warm water 7 salt great after any dental procedure, infection or any sensitivity/pain. Hope you get to try out a few different ones in the future. Appreciate the nod of interest!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Being Puneet,

These are ideal for that very reason of being chemical, sweetners etc . . . free. There are quite a few different "unknowns" in mouthwash that can be abrasive, harmful and do more damage than good. Many thanks for the interest!!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I am going to try the apple cider vinegar mouthwash. My doctor prescribed this when I had a sore throat. Love your niche on homemade, natural products. Keep them coming! Voted up!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi teaches,

Great to hear you are a fan of this and going to give the apple cider one a go. Apple cider is also great for skin but if I remember correctly you are sensitive so it may be a wee strong for you in skin care treatments. Look forward to hearing how it goes for you! Cheers for the vote up!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Suziehq,

This is a very interesting and useful hub for me. Mouthwashes are so expensive in Thailand! I remember using warm water and salt for sore throats, but never realized this would serve for a mouthwash. Your other recipes for mouthwashes are also very interesting and useful. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Paul,

Many thanks for visiting and for comments. Salt and warm water I probably would not use every day but it is great to use as you say for sore throats and for keeping the mouth bacteria free. I will be doing another hub with a list of other ingredients great to use for natural mouthwash you may find good too if you have problems with any of the other ingredients in Thailand. Many thanks for votes, shares, tweets and pin!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

I like that these don't have alcohol in them. I feel comfortable letting my daughter use them. I don't think there is an end to what you can make for us! Pinned etc.....


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

Many thanks for taking the time to visit and comment! I will be publishing more recipe ideas for mouthwash and have just published a list of ingredients that are popular in homemade recipes. Hope you have fun experimenting!!

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